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Author Bellin, Harvey F. ♦ Singer, Dorothy G.
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
Publisher University Press
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Description Elisha and Max are in their make-believe library in their daycare center pretending to read a book about building castles. Elisha counts the blocks as she hands them to Max who repeats the numbers as he places each block in the structure. Max is growing inpatient, however, and says that he will be the castle’s “big green dragon. ” Elisha responds, ”Okay, I will be the princess with a purple dress, but let’s finish making the castle. ” Juan joins them and wants to play. Max agrees, and offers Juan a role as the prince. But Juan wants to be the green dragon. Much negotiating takes place. Finally, Juan agrees to assume this role, but he insists on wearing a gold crown. Through their make-believe play, these four-year-olds are developing basic cognitive and social skills. They count, name colors, pretend to read, use vocabulary, expressive language and socialized speech, and practice cooperation and sharing. They are also practicing eye-hand coordination, and learning about spatial relationships. They are improvising a simple “script ” about a prince, princess, and dragon based on a mixture of fairy tales that were read to 173 them and a library game they had played in the My Magic Story Car program described in this
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2006-01-01